Some nights, it just isn’t pretty, but it’s still a win.
This best describes Patrick Henry girls basketball’s latest performance, surviving countless turnovers and foul trouble to defeat Mills Godwin Tuesday night 42-35.
Amber Lee and Ashley Samuels played most of the game with foul concerns, and though Lee eventually overcame the problem to score 15 points, the team as a whole found many, many ways to lose the ball, make mistakes and keep a young Eagles team within striking distance.
Godwin had the ball with a chance to take the lead just before halftime when a lazy pass by freshman Sara Puglisi was intercepted by Summer Price, who raced downcourt for a basket, drawing a foul. Her free throw gave the Patriots breathing room at intermission, 20-16. Patrick Henry (9-2) kept Godwin at arm’s length throughout the second half, as the Eagles, too, were guilty of missed opportunities and mental mistakes.
This was only the second game for Patrick Henry since Christmas. They will host Hermitage (11-2) Friday. The Panthers knocked off the Patriots 38-37 Dec. 23 in the third place game of the Times-Dispatch Invitational Tournament.
Meanwhile, the Patrick Henry boys could not find an offensive rhythm, as Mills Godwin defeated the Patriots in Ashland 47-40. Jacob Kessler and Delton Dunkham each had 13 points for the Eagles, and Kessler’s play down low helped keep PH standout Lucas Pienkowski to a four-point night before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. The Patriots, who host Hermitage Friday, are 2-6.
In other boys action, Atlee lost their 10th straight game after a 2-0 start, falling 91-72 at defending state champion Henrico Tuesday, while Lee-Davis stayed close with Armstrong before the Wildcats pulled away for a 79-67 victory.
Monday, Hanover battled Glen Allen for the third time this season, but for the first time in regularly-scheduled play. The Hawks overcame a six-point Jaguar lead in the final 1:50 of regulation to force overtime. In the extra session, Hanover built a six-point edge with 28 seconds left, but Glen Allen was not done.
Tre’shawn Blackston hit a three-pointer with 14 seconds left, then the Jaguars stole the inbounds pass and set up a play for a tie and a chance at double overtime. But Hanover freshman Jason Wade stole the ball before Glen Allen could take the shot and hit two free throws with 1.2 seconds left to seal the 72-67 win.
Hanover has won two of three games against Glen Allen, both in overtime, and the teams play once more in the regular season Feb. 7. They may meet for a fifth time if they collide in the Conference 20 Tournament when postseason play begins the week of Feb. 17.